What does not kill you makes you stronger
Like that famous saying, Tan Chui Mui speaks softly, but she carries a big stick. Her films are quiet little affairs, but boy, do they pack an emotional wallop. She has a knack for easing you into a situation, and getting you deeply involved with her characters. I liken it to Nabokov, who can say a thousand things in one sentence. Tan can create such emotional push-and-pull between her characters without them saying much. It's all in the doing, not the uttering. Show, not tell. And she does it beautifully.
Triumphs, censored greetings and multi-layered irony in Love Conquers All
It has been an important year for independent Malaysian cinema. Triumph on the international festival circuit, success with releases on the screens of major cinemas, both here and overseas -- it is cause for celebration that we end the year with another landmark feature.
You've heard this by now: made with the assistance of a script development grant from the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam, Tan Chui Mui's Love Conquers All screened at the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival and the 11th Pusan International Film Festival -- the latter at which it won two major awards, claiming the FIPRESCI Award (a prize awarded by international film critics) and the New Currents Award for Best New Asian Filmmaker of the Year.
Love, that many splendoured thing, is the source of much joy and angst. (And many an embarrassing pop song.) At once selfless and selfish, love makes martyrs of us when it waxes, and monsters of us when it wanes.
Love is the great subversive force.
You are no longer you when you fall in love. Bewitched, you are Possibility.